The Weekly Carnage

The Weekly Carnage is a Friday round-up of motor vehicle violence across the five boroughs. For more on the origins and purpose of this column, please read About the Weekly Carnage.

Fatal Crashes (3 Killed This Week; 132 This Year; 10 Drivers Charged*)

  • Howard Beach: Cyclist Gary Zammett Sr. Killed at Intersection Where Residents Say Drivers Run Stop Signs; No Charges (Streetsblog)
  • Washington Heights: Jhonn Carlos Fernandez, 35, Struck by Motorcyclist; No Charges (Streetsblog)
  • Soho: Larry Olavarria, 32, Crashes Motorcycle Into Minivan on West Houston (DNA)

Injuries, Arrests, and Property Damage

  • Midtown: Cab Driver Rams Cyclist, Jumps Curb and Severs 23-Year-Old Woman’s Foot; Driver Issued Summons for “Unauthorized Use” (Streetsblog 1, 2)**
  • Midtown: Cab Driver Hospitalized After Jumping Curb, Plowing Into Scaffolding on Sixth Avenue (DNA)**
  • UES: Mini-Bus Driver Critically Injures Woman, 95, Crossing East 86th Street (Streetsblog)
  • Prospect Heights: Driver Trying to Beat Yellow Light Seriously Injures Teen on Eastern Parkway (Post)
  • Rossville: Man Struck, Critically Injured by Tractor Trailer Driver on West Shore Parkway (Advance)
  • Woodside: Driver, Passenger Injured in Crash That Split Car in Two (WABC)**
  • Soho: Cab Driver and Police Collide at Broadway and Spring; Seven Injured (Post)
  • Queens Village: Driver Flees Traffic Stop, Dragging Officer (News)
  • East New York: Police Pursuit of Drunk Driver Ends in Multi-Car Crash, Injuring Seven (DNA)
  • Astoria: Fleeing Robbery Suspect Injures Cop in Hit-and-Run (NYTNewsWCBSWNBCFox 5)
  • Graniteville: Driver With More Than Twice the Legal BAC Arrested After Crashing Into Vehicle (Advance)
  • Stapleton: Dump Truck Driver Injured When Vehicle Overturns in Intersection (Advance)
*Based on latest available reports
** Incident in which a vehicle left the roadway
  • Anonymous

    Sadly, I see that these weekly round-ups must vastly under-report the carnage. If the victim didn’t get her name in the paper, it don’t make no nevermind.

    Last weekend I looked across Central Park West at 101st St to an awful sight, a body and a bike lying on the pavement, a few people gathered around. Someone had already called 911, the nearby fire station sent responders and police quickly followed.

    The victim was breathing, but did not move an arm, a hand, a finger, nor wiggle his foot. He appeared to be a black Hispanic, some 30 to 50 years old. Two small bags on the handlebars held a container of milk and a few other grocery items.

    I didn’t want to intrude, and I was too stunned to do anything. Didn’t even try to get his name or take a picture. A taxi driver was detained by witnesses and then the police. An ambulance took the hapless victim away.

    But no reporters, no media attention. Just another poor man in the street with his body broken, and probably his life now broken as well.

    ===============

    I’m never one to blame the victim, and I arrived too late to witness the crime. But I wish the cyclist had been wearing white or light colors, or had a light on his bike. Instead of mandating helmets, our politicians should be helping to educate cyclists and to encourage more lights and reflectors on bikes. Yesterday I went to my bike shop and got another light for my own bike.

  • not sure of the details but there was a car on the sidewalk and an ambulance nearby on the Lower East Side last night: https://secure.flickr.com/photos/mlcastle/9575185134/

  • BornAgainBicyclist

    I have been in situations where I’m lit up at night, dressed in white jacket, stopped at a red light, in a bike box, and turn around to look the driver who pulled up behind me right in the eye while waiting for the light to turn, and still had the driver floor it on the green and pass me dangerously fast and close. You can wear bright colors and light up all you want, but if drivers don’t or won’t follow laws and basic common sense, it’s pretty much just luck of the draw.

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